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Police Officer James Hume Smith, Jr. | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

James Hume Smith, Jr.

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 27, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One shot and killed

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Police Officer James Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspects for suspicious activity at the corner of Jackson Street and 14th Street.

He observed the two men casing our a neighborhood that had several recent burglaries. As he ordered the men to walk to City Hall one of the men pulled out a revolver and opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Smith. Although mortally wounded he was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects. The other suspect fled and was captured in Los Angeles after committing a burglary. He was convicted of Officer Smith's murder and sentenced to life in Folsom State Prison.

Patrolman Smith had been with the Oakland Police Department for two years. He was survived by his mother and five siblings.

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 23, 2012


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